Vermont Examines Renewable Energy Standards

Vermont

Changes to renewable energy standards?

The Burlington Free Press, January 23, 2015

Vermont is considering a change to its energy policy that would end a practice that critics said amounted to double-counting the environmental benefits of its renewable sources of power.

Legislation to be described to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee on Friday would also allow utilities to collect renewable energy credits for reducing fossil fuels used in home heating and sets new standards for energy generation.

The new legislation would scrap a decade-old program that had allowed Vermont utilities to meet in-state goals for renewable energy production by developing wind, solar and other projects, while at the same time selling so-called “renewable energy credits” on those projects to utilities out of state.

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